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    A personal perspective on the suspension of parliament


    My father is a self-made man and I wish to state this up front that he has made a
    conscious effort to never abuse his influence for personal gain. I say this unabashedly
    and as a matter of knowing that he has a reputation of being thoroughly professional.
    My immediate family has made do with the income of a military officer and there have
    been no complaints. There is only relief that he has made it this far without
    compromising his ethics. Both my sister and I are married and settled in our own lives.
    Today, he is the Chief Executive of Pakistan.

    Allama Iqbal, what happened to his vision? Why don't most Pakistanis understand his
    philosophy any longer? Jinnah Sahib, why did he burn himself out and leave such a
    bunch of self serving individuals to govern behind him? How could we continue a state
    of misgovernance for FIFTY-TWO years? Why hasn't there been a single person who
    has been able to introduce fundamental reforms? How long can the teeming majority of
    unemployed and impoverished be ignored? How can we even begin talking about the
    'quality' of life, when we fail to address the fundamental 'sanctity' of life. 'Sanctity' of life
    to me being physical well being (law and order) and healthcare (infant mortality, birth
    control, disease control, longevity). 'Quality' of life being education and higher ideals
    and philosophies for society to live and govern by.

    The developing world better prepare itself for what is about to hit it within the next
    decade. They say that 97 percent of the world economy will be controlled by the
    economies geared up for electronic commerce. The difference between the richest and
    poorest nations of the world is said to have been 1:5 two centuries ago but unbridled
    commercialism has given rise to a disparity of 1:500. Pretty soon we'll be dealing with
    inequities in wealth and resource distribution of a ratio in the order of one to thousands
    times more between the least developed and most developed economies. Until the day
    comes when every Pakistani, regardless of ethnicity, sex or religion has an equal
    opportunity to prosper through hard work, Pakistan cannot be a dynamic and
    progressive country that can stand its ground in the global competitive markets.

    This day was not envisioned. I never thought there would be such unanimous consensus
    within the military, amongst the people of Pakistan, and amongst the Pakistanis abroad,
    behind one cause. The cause being pure and unadulterated REFORMS! I honestly feel
    that what we are witnessing is the culmination of a collective yearning of the
    overwhelming majority of a hundred and fifty million people. Democracy is an essential
    ideal, but let's look into our souls and understand why it has not taken root. The time
    has come for introspection for a fundamental change in state and society so democracy
    can actually blossom.

    What are the options? Back to a faÁade of democracy in the existing political structure?
    Satisfying the immediate expectation of announcing a hand picked portfolio of
    technocrats that would form an interim reform government? Devoting all attention to an
    across the board accountability?

    Accountability must take place, and bringing in competent individuals to key positions is
    a decision that should not be taken in haste. Time WILL reveal the sincerity of purpose
    of individuals in question and actions will speak louder than words to give each of us
    confidence. I have one request though, and I would not say this if it was not absolutely
    crucial at this time. Pakistanis, wherever they are abroad, need to understand that this is
    a very unique point in Pakistan's history. We need to make the world appreciate the
    context in which the much needed reforms will be undertaken.

    Bilal Musharraf



    [This message has been edited by bilalmusharaff (edited October 18, 1999).]

    #2
    Like you said Musharraf Jr....actions speak louder than words...

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      #3
      I read in some newspaper that you live in the US.

      Fata Morgana

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        #4
        I really hope that something good will come out of all this. In past all I have seen only lip service by the great leaders of our nations. Lots of claims yani "dawee" but nothing productive. It has been always that the poor became more poor and the rich become ameerr-tareen.
        I wish your father goodluck and do hope that he would bring out a change for the country and not use the country for his personal gain and interests.
        One question for you though: why are you posting this same message everywhere on the web...jamait homepage, chowk and now here?


        [This message has been edited by purple88 (edited October 18, 1999).]

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          #5
          Dear Bilal Musharaff,

          This is a good write-up. However, coming from you it is somewhat sugar coated.

          The distinction between a dictatorship and an elected representative is very clear but the idea of reforms in either type of setup is the same. As Mr. Xtreme said in his current write-up that no matter what type of governance we have, Pakistanis are sick and tired of the current state of the nation, precisely the points you so eloquently described, mainly the issues related to social development, such as literacy, healthcare, etc.

          Having said that, there are those who argue that what proof do we have that the current military will prove to be any better than the prior dictators: Ayub Khan, Zia-ul-Huq. Because Army is not about one face, it is an institution where norms and SOPs proceed the age of our country. If prior dictatorial regimes could not fix the problems, how can you fatherís?

          Being related to many soldiers, I have a great respect and admiration for our Armed Forces, but this respect will eventually diminish should the forces become another type of government of not delivering, but exploiting? Musharaff has a long road ahead, more complex than any previous paths the nation has been through. In todayís NY Times there is a fairly thorough article about Musharaf unilateral withdrawal of forces along undisputed borders with India. Is this one of those undercover operations to tell the enemy that our fingers are not that far from the nuclear trigger? I hope he delivers his promises, and I sincerely hope that he is successful in what he has outlined to deliver. My sympathies and my wishes are with him, because its not he who will fail, the entire nation will fail if he is not successful.

          Finally, I truly believe that dictatorship should never be a solution. However popular it may be at this time, but when people will start realizing that the status quo, it wont matter anymore. I donít mean to sound so pessimistic, but thatís what I feel. It is my nation that is on line, and I donít feel well about it. Iqbal and Jinnah can go to heavens with their ideology and vision, we need clean water, basic education, clothes to wear and bread to feed. We need actions and not some phony balognie poetry and intellectual masturbation. I hope your dad proves to be a true son of his motherland. I sincerely hope he delivers. Welcome to guppshup, I hope you will enjoy all types of points of views. Please do share some of them with your father. Nice to have you onboard.

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            #6
            does it matter where i live as long as i care , and the reason why i am mailing in all these forums is because i beleive you people could realy make a diffrence.

            Bilal

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              #7
              I really hope and pray to God that your father makes a difference to the lives of the ordinary Pakistanis. People are sick and tired of the phoney democrats of the last 11 years. They have given nothing but misery to our country. I just hope that your father unlike, the other rulers of Pakistan, both civilian and military, will put Pakistan's welfare before his own. If so may God be with him and give him all the strength. The people of Pakistan will be behind him 100% if he works for the betterment of the country and its people.

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                #8
                Musharraf, Bilal
                24 Park Ave, Somerville, MA 02144-1942
                Phone: (617)776-6132


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                  #9
                  you r just an other BILAL
                  you people should n't believe in any one who comes up with a this surname how about
                  shezi shrief
                  just use common sense how can his son possibly market him like this
                  moreover disinformers like this guy should n't be allowed here . atleast i would n't allow him if i get a chance .
                  these poeple are bull**** artists can probably act but you should be able to figure out who he is
                  incase if he is the actual musharuf admin should confirm that
                  or diclose his IP so that we can work out who he is .
                  till then ask him to get out of here

                  [This message has been edited by sabah (edited October 20, 1999).]

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                    #10
                    come on sabah i worked out the the word i used for this guy are not approperiate but you can n't see the wide spreed of wrong information this guy is causing and misleading us . this guy who has changed his father .can any one of us , imean any reasonable person do that can you do it NYAhmedi, can you change you father sabah . i am sure you can n't and that shows how full of **** this guy is . His actuall son does n't need to sell his father here .i am sure that he would have been a strong man not a sales man . i am one of the supporters but here i think what he did was right as long as he does n't stay there for ever , altough we know what was the price of doller when zia was MA , but what this guy so called Billal Musharuf is doing here is going to cuase a bad impact .
                    please get him out .
                    come on people can n't you see that

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                      #11
                      AZIZ HUM WATNO ASLAMO-ALYKUM

                      What has been happeing happening is pakistan for last few days you r all aware of that . but what my army did to me does n't hurt as much as this thing that you people are fighting over here . i have only been house arrested nothing else . any one would have done the same as what i did for my country . quid-e-azam and iqbal had to pay prices so do i . simple as that . it's just that we have to be united now or never .
                      and also I nawaz sherief PM of pakistan here by declare that Bilal is the actual son of your and mine CE and should n't be abused like but a very nice boy . and it does matter where he live or roots as long as cares . if he has any drinking habit like his father, then that is his personel problem you should only be concerned that he should n't buy any thing less than jim beam because he is no cock sucker but the son of your and my CE .
                      and sabah being the ousted PM i request you not to edit this post . because what iam saying here is nothing but the truth . you know who iam , because some people might find it hard to believe that it's their PM
                      GOD BLESS YOU
                      GOD BLESS PAKISTAN

                      [This message has been edited by sabah (edited October 20, 1999).]

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                        #12
                        Dear ex-PM shaib
                        I had to edit your reply, you see if CNN quoted this like Bilalís letter, it could hurt you IMAGE na,See I did you a favour!

                        Saba


                        [This message has been edited by sabah (edited October 20, 1999).]

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                          #13
                          Thank you Nawaz Shareef. Very impressive speach indeed. I have only two questions to ask.

                          Were the ministers in your cabinet the "Public" for which you imported Duty Free Merecedez Benz as "Public Transport"

                          Was the hard earned money sent by overseas Pakistanis was property of Mian Shareef that you seized that.

                          What do you say..

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